Off-Duty Texas Cop Kenneth Caplan Allegedly Shoots Woman in Head during Road Rage Incident
An off-duty Texas reserve deputy constable stands accused of shooting a young woman in the head during an alleged road rage incident in Houston two weeks ago.
KHOU reports Kenneth Caplan, a reserve deputy constable with Harris County Precinct 6, was taken into custody on Wednesday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the November 11 incident.
The 20-year-old victim, who does not want to be identified due to fear for her safety, was driving on the Interstate 610 Loop at Stella Link when she says Caplan cut her off.
“All of a sudden I’m driving, and this guy cuts me off,” the woman told KHOU. “He was about to hit me. I switched to the other lane, I got in front of him and I cut him off.”
“I guess that pissed him off,” she continued. That’s when Caplan allegedly pulled out his pistol and fired a shot into the victim’s vehicle.
“All of a sudden, I heard a ring in my ears,” she said.
After being shot in the head, the woman stopped in the middle of the freeway and called 911.
“I feel like I got a taste of death, honestly,” she told KHOU. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, he just shot me.’ I was applying pressure to my head because it wouldn’t stop bleeding. I’m going to die in my car on 610.”
The woman spent three days in the hospital, where her head was stapled eight times. She says “God” was watching out for her.
“He heard me and knew that I was sincere and he gave me a second chance.” she said.
Caplan was fired over the incident.
“The Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 6 neither condones nor tolerates the actions taken by Kenneth Caplan that connected him to this incident, and the necessary measures were taken to collect his credentials and remove him from our status,” the department said in a press release.
Road rage incidents involving law enforcement officers are infrequent but do occasionally make headlines. Last December, Oakland, California resident William Weiland sued Concord police officer Kevin Mansourian after the latter allegedly attacked him during a road rage incident, breaking his arm.
Also last year, Onslow County, North Carolina sheriff’s deputy Craig Culpepper resigned after a road rage incident in which he deliberately caused motorist Chad Walton to rear-end his patrol vehicle.
Earlier this year, an off-duty New Jersey police detective was acquitted of murdering a Maryland motorist during a road rage incident in which the latter allegedly hurled racist abuse and threatened the former’s wife and children, who were passengers in the detective’s vehicle.